It’s no big news hearing about athletes being scrutinized for their victory celebrations. But this time, we have an olympian, Raven Saunders who threw up an “X” over her head after winning silver in the shot put.
Delve into the world of Raven as this article proceeds.
Raven Saunders Olympic Gesture
Raven Saunders “X” gesture during the shot-put medals ceremony might not be well appreciated by all but according to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), it “was respectful of her competitors and did not violate our rules related to the demonstration.”
However, they were “in discussion” with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and World Athletics, about Raven’s ambiguous gesture.
As per the olympian, Raven formed an “X’ with her wrists to represent “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.” She added,
“To show younger people that no matter how many boxes they try to fit you in, you can be you and you can accept it. People tried to tell me not to do tattoos and piercings and all that. But look at me now, and I’m poppin’.”
Furthermore, Raven also took it to her Twitter to dare the IOC to “try and take this medal.” She wrote, “Let them try and take this medal. I’m running across the border even though I can’t swim.”
Did you know: Raven previously participate in the Olympics Games Rio back in 2016 and finished 5th in shot put.
Raven Saunders Gender: Is She A Man?
No, Raven Saunders is not a man. She is biologically a female who might look a little bit intimidating. But then again, you don’t gain that much power to win silver in Olympics without gaining a few muscles.
However, despite knowing Raven’s gender, a few people over the internet were still arguing that Raven was a man. A user wrote,
“I don’t believe you. That’s a man.”
These might just be haters who love to bully others based on their looks.
How Old Is She?
Raven Saunders was born on May 15, 1996. That made her 25 years of age when she won the silver medal in Olympics 2020.
As per her birthday, Raven is of the Taurus zodiac.
Raven Saunders Family
Raven Saunders comes from a family of four — her parents Herbert Johnson and Clarissa Saunders, and a sister Tanzania Watson.
Her father, Herbert, has trained athletes in track and field in the USA and Internationally for over 35 years. While Raven’s mother, Clarissa is a Burke High graduate who went to work at a social chain media brand 9 to 5 Life.
Talking about Raven’s sister, Tanzania is also a shot-put athlete. In 2021, she was awarded “Athlete of the Year” by West Ashley in Charleston, SC.
Trivia: Raven is very close to her father. In fact, he was the one who encouraged Raven to take on shot put and pushed her to her limits. She said that without her dad there would be no “Hulk” and she “wouldn’t be the woman, standing here today.”
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How Tall Is She?
Raven Saunders stands tall at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (165 cm).
Mentioning her distinct features, Raven has dark eyes, square face and she liked to maintain short hair. Also, she has an intimidating body. No wonder, she called herself the Hulk.
Her Instagram, TikTok
As of August 2021, Raven boasted 61K followers over Instagram @giveme1shot__, 27.3K followers over Twitter @GiveMe1Shot, and 90.4K followers over TikTok @ravenhulksaunders.
Find her on Facebook @RavenBSaunders.
Raven Saunders Net Worth
Raven Saunders garnered a net worth of $400 thousand by 2021. And yes, this is from all her time as a shot-put athlete, and few other jobs. According to her Linkedin, she has been a professional athlete since March 2018.
Besides her time on the track and field, Raven has worked as a personal trainer at Crunch Fitness for 4 months, and as a retail merchandiser at The Home Depot for over 3 months.
In light of her education, Raven attended Burke High School. She then went on to join Southern Illinois University Carbondale and later graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2021.
Just in case you’re curious, a retail merchandiser at The Home Depot made around $28 thousand per annum.
Raven Saunders Partner
Though not confirmed by Raven Saunders herself, she had a self-proclaimed girlfriend named @portious102 over Twitter. She is an Alabama track and field alum and also a female entrepreneur.
But then again, many fans were asking Raven for a “girlfriend application” then.
As for Raven’s view on a partner, she shared that the most important part about dating is “finding the right person for you.”
Is Raven Saunders A Lesbian?
Now, coming to the question “Is she a lesbian?” Yes, she is. Raven first came out to her mom in third grade, to her friends in sixth grade, and by 9th she finally started becoming comfortable with who she was.
It was never an easy road for the olympian. Raven has contemplated suicide, seen poverty and depression ravage her Black community, and once even was on way to “carrying (out) an attempt to end (her) life.” But then, a text from an old therapist saved her.
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Last modified: September 27, 2021